Morning Catholic must-reads: 28/02/12

Fr Pierbattista Pizzaballa, head of the Franciscan Custody of the Holy Land

Fr Pierbattista Pizzaballa, the Custodian of the Holy Land, has asked Israeli president Shimon Peres to take action to prevent attacks on Christian sites in the Holy Land.

SSPX Bishop Richard Williamson will be tried again in Germany on the charge of Holocaust denial after a judge ruled that procedural errors invalidated his first trial (German report).

A priest in Gaithersburg, Maryland, has attracted criticism after allegedly denying Holy Communion to a lesbian parishioner attending her mother’s funeral, reports the Huffington Post.

More than 700 people in the Diocese of Westminster will become Catholics this Easter, the diocese announced yesterday.

Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington has become the latest senior Church leader to launch a blog.

Robert George is scandalised by an article in the Journal of Medical Ethics advocating infanticide.

Dr Edward Peters considers whether Benedict XVI has ever advocated the admission of remarried Catholics to Holy Communion.

Archbishop José Gomez of Los Angeles argues that most people are not hostile to God but have simply forgotten him.

Deacon Greg Kandra hails “a stemwinder of a homily” by Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New York.

Rita Ferrone marvels at the art of Easter exsultet scrolls.

And Chelsea Zimmerman gathers together the best coverage of Mother Dolores Hart at the Oscars.